Do Guests Have to Speak?
No one is forced to speak. We understand perfectly that speaking in public is one of the most frightening things one can do. In fact, many of us are in this club precisely to overcome that fear. We will not embarrass you or make you speak unless you want to.
Having said that, guests may be invited to speak during the Table Topics section of the meeting and many do. However, if you feel uncomfortable, you may decline.
What’s In It For Me?
The benefits are many and varied, depending on each member’s experiences and place in life. Here are some:
- Courage – Overcome fear of public speaking.
- Networking – meet possible customers, clients, employers, etc.
- Resume Enhancement – many potential employers understand the advantage of communication skills, and are impressed that we work to be better communicators.
- Marriage Help – Everything, including marriages are made better by improved communication!
- Avocational help – Participation in community affairs, church work, or membership in other clubs are all helped through the skills gained here
What Happens at a Meeting?
How Do I Join?
We encourage anybody that is interested in joining the club to visit us as a guest: it is free and you will get to see a meeting in action and meet our members. We’re friendly and we are sure you will enjoy yourself! You can find the address, time, and a map on our home page.
If you enjoyed being a guest, talk to our Vice President for Membership. He or she will help you to fill out the membership application form.
How Much Does it Cost?
You will need to pay membership fees to our parent organization, Toastmasters International. Beginning on 1/1/2019, we will also have to collect a modest club fee to pay the rent at our new meeting location. The overall cost will be $20 as an initiation fee, plus $65 every six months, which may be prorated ($10.83/month). This is a bargain compared to the fees you would have to pay for attendance at a professional speech workshop.
Do I Have to Attend Every Meeting?
No, but attendance is to your advantage. You will find that you will grow and become better faster, if you attend all the meetings you can.
What Help Do I Get When I Join?
When you join the club, the Vice President for Education will talk with you to find out your goals when you join the club. She or he will assign you a mentor, who will help you with anything you need to know about the club as well as helping you as prepare your first few speeches. In many cases, they will listen as you rehearse your speech and provide you with constructive feedback, so that you will be less nervous when you give the speech in front of the club.
In addition, any member that you ask for advice will be happy to help you.
Do You Have Any Other Questions?
If you haven’t found an answer to your question here or elsewhere on the Website, you can contact us here.